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Unlock empathy and reset your perspective with these heartbreaking, courageous, uplifting journeys.

Life is challenging enough, without being thrust headlong into hardship. But as circumstances, events and tragedies dictate, the cracks in life’s road can quickly turn to major fissures. So, for those us lucky enough to be coasting, we should never forget to be thankful. Here are some incredible memoirs of human resilience from those who’ve had to climb their own Mount Everest of adversity.

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